Slip and Fall Accidents
Slip and Fall Accidents are arguably the second most common for of personal injuries a person can suffer in their lifetime. In fact, throughout the U.S., according to the National Floor Safety Institute, falls account for over eight million hospital ER visits, which currently represents the leading cause of all ER visits. More specifically, slip and fall accidents account for over 1 million visits, or 12% of total falls.
In Florida, according to the Florida Department of Health, falls are the leading cause of injury death among residents ages 65 years and older and the fourth leading cause of injury death overall. Further, falls are the leading cause of non-fatal, injury-related hospital admissions in Florida, with the highest numbers occurring in both Miami-Dade and Broward County. These falls can happen anywhere! Whether at the Publix Grocery Store in downtown Fort Lauderdale, or the American Airlines Arena in Miami, there is no set place for an injury to occur. Some of the most common places we encounter involve slip and fall accidents in the home, workplace, restaurants, grocery stores, or public streets.
When people think of slip and falls, the first image that comes to mind is one of the two images above. The wet floor sign has become almost a synonymous symbol for slip and fall accidents. This is due to the fact that most of these injuries occur because a “wet floor” sign was not placed in the proper amount of time therefore, people suffer as a result of their negligence. There are a number of other causes that result in slip and falls such as:
failing to maintain a walkway
failing to provide a legal/ appropriate railing
cracked tiles creating uneven surfaces
negligently installing flooring that has a high propensity to cause people to slip
cracked and/or uneven sidewalks that are not regularly maintained
After any type of fall, be sure to check that everyone is alright and safe. Remember to always contact the police and/or law enforcement as they are there to help and will assist in helping bring your case to a clear resolution later; additionally, if your fall occurs in a business or public venue, make an incident report and ask for a copy for your records.
What Happens When Someone Typically Falls?
1. They hit their heads on a hard surface. This is a very dangerous situation because this type of head injury can cause fractures, concussions, memory issues, blackouts, and, in severe cases, traumatic brain injuries. Any time you injure yourself and your head gets hurt in any way, be sure to get yourself to a safe place and contact a knowledgeable attorney to assist you in dealing with such a dangerous issue.
2. They try to catch themselves and thus injure themselves further. When you begin to fall, it is a natural instinct for a person to try to catch themselves to avoid any further injury or pain, but this can cause even further damage. When someone tries to catch themselves, the unexpected fall can create a strong pressure downward that will damage their arm and/or shoulder when they attempt to catch themselves. Make sure you are cognizant of all surroundings
3. They fall backward and land on their back. A fall may cause a person to suffer injuries to his spinal cord, resulting in bulging or herniated discs. In severe cases, spinal cord injuries can also lead to permanent paralysis and other neurological conditions and sensory impairments, especially if left untreated. Back pain is also very difficult as it may take days or even weeks to present itself, so be sure to speak with both your attorney and physician after any slip and fall
4. They fall and bang their elbow or knee on the ground or another object. Blunt force trauma and ensuing fractures and/or tissue damage is inevitable at times when a person suffers a fall as a result of someone else’s negligence. Be sure to take care of yourself and never neglect your health after a fall because the damage may not present itself immediately and quick, appropriate medical care can help to deter further damage.
We have given you a lot of information here, and we are sure all of this may seem overwhelming when in the midst of it all, which is why you reach out to us here at Demesmin and Dover after any slip and fall for a free case evaluation. We can help you and your loved ones navigate through it all, while alleviating some stress because We Care More.